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For the first time in Bulgaria and Greece, a pilot and integrated approach to assessment, behavioral research and drivers’ training in all categories of vehicles (passenger cars, trucks, buses and heavy machinery) has been presented in scientific conferences for Educational Technologies (Bulgaria) and Road Safety (Greece). Using a state of the art simulators cluster and interactive software and hardware (roll over cars, seat belt convincers, alcohol/fatigue/drugs goggles, relevant to the US standards and way of presentation), it is possible the simultaneously training and evaluation or even pre-employment assessment of drivers and operators of all categories of vehicles and construction machinery (passenger, trucks, buses, forklifts, hydraulic excavators, bulldozers, wheel loaders, mining trucks, off-highway trucks, mobile cranes, wheeled material handlers, JCBs etc). Read more…
For the first time in Greece, a simulation software for driving a passenger vehicle with a coupled trailer was presented to the general public and several road safety advices were provided on safe driving of the vehicle-trailer combination. At the same time, thousands of visitors came in contact with the unique in Europe (in technical features and presentation) roll over car simulator which simulates a roll over at the speed of 50 km / h. Its rotation speed is 5-10 times faster than any other similar in SE Europe, while at the same time it can be easily transported. No people are getting into the car that rolls, only dummies. Read more…

An electric vehicle Tesla Model 3 started from California an unofficial road trip. It crossed the US, passed to Canada and then through England continued in Europe. One of his stations would be the city of Thessaloniki in Greece, during the start of the 11th Hi Tech EKO Mobility Rally 2018 on Saturday 26 May (more about the race at www.heliev.gr), where the vehicle was supposed to be presented to organizers, rally crews and viewers, just before the start of the race.

On Friday, May 25th, his voyage suddenly stopped after an accidental incident out of the city of Florina in Greece, while (according to driver’s statement) the car was on the autopilot.

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Smart Drive Ltd was present at the ECO Festival held in Serres, providing advice on safe and eco-driving / traveling with interactive learning tools. The tools presented were the following:

  • Passenger car simulator
  • Truck/bus simulator
  • heavy machinery simulators
  • Drug, fatigue, sleep deprivation goggles
  • Reaction time correlation – stopping distance
  • Driver’s / passenger’s weight in the event of a collision
  • Informative videos for safe and eco-driving.

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Over the past twenty years, more than 18,000 people have been killed in Bulgaria and over 175000 were injured. Annually, the direct and indirect costs for Bulgaria in road accidents are estimated between 1 and 2 billion Levas. The traffic accidents are the leading cause of deaths among the young people of aged from 15 to 29, the second ages between 5 and 14 and the third between ages 30 and 44 years old.

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Smart Drive Ltd participated in the workshop for traffic school education, organized by both the primary and secondary education directorates of eastern Thessaloniki and the relevant offices for health education of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs. The workshop took place in Thessaloniki at the Premises of YMCA of Thessaloniki (ΧΑΝΘ) on the 31st of January 2018. Read more…
Smart Drive’s equipment consists of various interactive training tools for accident prevention in transportation, construction and mining, thus it can cover multiple events and training needs at the same time. Such needs were created in the last quarter of 2017, since several road safety seminars and events were active in different places at the same time. In particular, Smart Drive provided equipment for a road safety seminar, which took place at the 113 Combat Wings Premises in Thessaloniki on the 20th of October 2017, in parallel with the central event at the Mediterranean Cosmos. Read more…
The road safety exhibition “Safely moving with my family!” was held in the “Mediterranean Cosmos” shopping center of Thessaloniki, between 6th to 25th of October 2017. The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Police, in collaboration with the non profit organisation “Alliance for Greece”, under the frame of the project “Road safety through eyes children”, aiming to inform people of all ages towards road safety issues.  Read more…
Transportation Engineers, technicians and executives of Smart Drive Ltd, in cooperation with the Hellenic Police (Traffic Police Department) using a roll over car simulator, informed at least 70,000 children and adult visitors of the 82nd International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, raising their awareness, via the presentation of the deadly consequences of a roll over car accident at 50 kms/hour, if the driver and passengers are not wearing their seat belts. Read more…
Smart Drive Ltd participated with a scientific publication and at the same time with the first presentation of its equipment at the “8th International Conference on Transport Research in Greece” with the title: “The Future of Transportation: A Vision for 2030” organized by the Hellenic Institute of Transportation Engineers (HITE) and the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH). The congress was at CERTH in Thermi, Thessaloniki, on September 27-29, 2017. Read more…
Thousands of visitors had the opportunity to be informed extensively on road safety issues during the 3rd Business Exhibition of Serres (Serexpo 2017) by police officersr of the Police Department of Serres. Read more…
The Pan-Hellenic Association of Driving Instructors (POEO) organized a workshop entitled “Driving instructors and road safety: The primary sector in road safety production”. The event took place on Saturday, April 23, 2016, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. It was held under the frame of Athens Money Show 2016, at the Astir Palace Hotel. Read more…
In 2015, SmartDrive was active in various road safety public awareness events, under the framework of its commitment into European Road Safety Charter (ERSC). Read more…

The eCall, an automatic pilot system sending a message to the emergency services in case of a traffic accidentwas presented during the International Conference held on 25 April 2014at the Main Auditorium of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks.
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The second 3D simulator has been installed in Bulgaria. The first one is being used for educational and public awareness purposes, while the second simulator will be used for research and training purposes. Read more…

A new software for Serres Racing Circuit has been  developed into Foerst Driving Simulator within 2013, under the frame of the cross border Interreg Project between Greece – Bulgaria which was called Promo Safe Driving. Read more…

One of the measures proposed by the EU for the reduction of traffic accidents concerning the decade 2011-2020is the upgrade of driver training. Among other EU proposals, is the suggestion to use driving simulators. Read more…